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Identity (2003)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  25 April 2003 (USA)
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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Suzanne (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell ...
District Attorney


Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

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The secret lies within. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I.D.  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$205,203 (Japan) (24 October 2003)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poem "As I was going up the stair / I met a man who wasn't there. / He wasn't there again today / I wish, I wish he'd go away" which one of the characters claims to have written when young, is really a poem by William Hughes Mearns. See more »


When Paris is bending down picking up her items from the vending machine, her black underwear is clearly seen sticking above the back of her jeans. A few scenes later when she is closing the front door in the motel reception, her underwear is again visible and it has changed to white. See more »


Ed: Hey, what the hell are you doing?
Rhodes: There's something in there.
Ed: Use this, man.
[gives Rhodes a fabric softener sheet]
Rhodes: Thanks.
Larry: You a cop?
Ed: I was.
Rhodes: [reaches into dryer and pulls out a room #10 key, then says softly:] What?
Ed: She was in room 10?
Rhodes: *I* am.
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Crazy Credits

The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Changing Lanes' (2002) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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User Reviews

Identity brings a new meaning to the term "A Psychological thriller"
18 August 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Let me tell you that I will give away nothing about the plot in this review and no spoilers will be included.

The movie is really a multi genre film. Thriller, Suspense, Horror but I would definately put it more into the mystery category.

The story is hard enough to explain but trust me see the movie and you will not regret it.

The acting is perfect, each character is played extremely well by their respective actors, Ray Liotta, John Cusack, Amanda Peet and many others really do make this a top notch movie and one that will keep you guessing right till the final credits.

I must also state that this movie involves one of the biggest twists that I have ever seen in a movie since the sixth sense or even the others. The twist is unforgettable and is enough of a reason to go out and see this amazingly written and directed edge-of-your-seat-thriller.

Let me finish by saying that I gave this movie a perfect 10, you cant beat it and for a genuine shock and thrill see this one because I know that you will enjoy it.

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